Art Deco Knapp's Building Targeted as Downtown Cultural Center

Tom Truscott, with the Michigan Historical Society, and Jim Anderton with the Lansing Symphony, are hoping to turn the vacant, 69-year-old Knapp’s building in Downtown Lansing into the city’s next cultural center.

According to excerpts from the article:

Anderton, a former president of Lansing Community, is a make-things-happen kind of guy. The pair snagged an architect and some engineers from the Christman Co., which built Knapp's, plus folks from the Eyde Co., Knapp's owners, to look at the possibility of placing an arts center there. Then they went to the Lansing Economic Development Corp.

“I had the cart before the horse,” Anderton said the EDC convinced him. “We have to follow a disciplined and orderly process.”

The effort to restore a great building may not quite be tangible, but the EDC is pursuing a downtown performing arts center. According to EDC Vice President Karl Dorshimer, a request for qualifications has been put out to find a consultant to develop a business plan for an arts center.

“This will not be just a study. It will be an action plan,” said Dorshimer, emphasizing the word “action.”

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